I have friends who are avid snorkelers and more than few of them I would consider to be die-hards, meaning that if the word 'snorkeling' came up during a conversation, their eyes would light up and they would begin drooling like Pavlov's dogs. Their immediate response would be "when? and where?". We all prefer to snorkel from a boat because we know that it is the easiest way to get us to the best places but, what I find truly amazing is that a few of those die-hards also suffer from seasickness.
Remembering back to the first time that a friend and I were together on a boat, it wasn't more than 2 minutes into our voyage when the hurling began. I felt so sorry for my friend as I saw her beeline to the side of the boat, hang her head over the side and begin 'feeding the fish'. Being that seasickness seems to be contagious, it wasn't long before she had other people joining her in what seemed to be a chorus line of people endlessly calling out the names "Ruth" or "Ralph". I, knock wood, have not been cursed with this affliction and am (so far) unaffected when I see and hear people having their 'out of stomach experiences' but I am not without empathy. Read our article, What is & How to Prevent Seasickness.
The crew on the boat actually were quite helpful with suggestions but I feared that this would probably put an end to our snorkeling from a boat adventures. As soon as the boat stopped at our designated area, the crew made it a point to get my friend and the others who were experiencing seasickness to be the first in the water. My friend grudgingly complied and as soon as she got into the water with her gear, the seasickness, as if by magic, ceased. Being our first snorkeling experience we were astounded by all the beauty and wonder of the underwater world but all too soon it was time to head back to the boat. We were on of the last ones to get back on feeling exhilarated by all the stuff we saw. It seemed we had all but forgotten the seasickness episode as our conversations centered on all that we saw.
As the boat began it's journey back to the dock, we were all-to-soon-reminded of our journey to the reef, as her offerings to Neptune quickly returned. Luckily it was a fast ride back. I still worried that she would not want to go through that experience again but was floored when she asked me if we could find out if they were going out the next day too. We did go out together a number of times during our vacation and not all of the rides on the boat ended up with me seeing her doing the heave-ho over the side.
Arriving home, I decided to do a little research on seasickness to see if there was anything that would help my friend before our next snorkeling adventure and was amazed at the information that I found. While some of it seemed like folk remedies my friend actually found that the information did, indeed, help. We have since been joined by a number people who we affectionately call 'professional hurlers' who have appreciated the information. If you are one of those who may suffer from seasickness, I invite you to take a look at the article as well. We both have shared it with friends and family alike and invite you to do the same.